Indians ace Shane Bieber rejoins team at Spring Training after COVID-19 diagnosis

Shane Bieber Spring Training
Posted at 7:44 PM, Feb 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-20 19:44:24-05

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Cleveland Indians pitcher Shane Bieber rejoined the team Saturday after missing the first few days of Spring Training due to COVID-19.

On Thursday, Indians President Chris Antonetti announced that Bieber had previously tested positive for the virus and would miss the first few days of training camp.

Bieber was said to have mild symptoms and was only expected to miss a few days, which held true. Pitchers and catchers held their first workout on Wednesday and Bieber joined them on Saturday.

Indians manager Terry Francona said the team was happy to get their Cy Young Award winning pitcher back on the field.

"We're excited to get him back," Francona said. "He actually was able to throw a bullpen, I think, in his backyard while he was down so he's not behind. I do think being in this environment is more conducive to better work but we've all seen Biebs, he's going to get it done wherever."

The Indians are set to hold their first full-squad workout on Monday.

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